Join us next Thursday (June 30, 7p @ Mezzanine) as we celebrate the California Music and Culture Association’s (CMAC) landmark one-year anniversary of ‘Empowering the Other 9 to 5′ through advocacy, education, and collaboration.
In addition to celebrating CMAC’s many legislative and movement building accomplishments, I am thrilled to announce the winners of CMAC’s first ever awards. Winners are honored for being solid stewards of the industry, for their innovative creativity, and steadfast advocacy.
Legacy: Lifetime Achievement – Warren Hellman
It should be no surprise that Mr. Hellman is the recipient of our Legacy award. From opening iconic entertainment venue Slim’s to launching the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, Warren’s contributions to the preservation and enrichment of San Francisco’s musical legacy are unparalleled.
Policy Maker of the Year – State Senator Mark Leno
What can we say? We love Leno! He’s consistently been there for the nightlife community, seeking to bridge communication between entertainment leaders and the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) when regulation was overreaching. When the ABC was regulating infusions – like sangria – as illegal, Leno stepped in and introduced legislation (SB32) to ensure this type of misregulation will not persist. SB32 clarifies the legality of infusing alcoholic beverages with fruit, bitters, vegetables, and comparable food stuffs. This legislation has bipartisan support and is a significant step forward in updating antiquated language that is having unintended negative impacts on the entrepreneurial and culinary spirits that define California businesses. Cheers to Leno!
Best Venue of the Year – The Warfield
Kudos to The Warfield! The Warfield defines San Francisco’s music scene. It has played host to everyone from The Clash, Grateful Dead and U2, to theatrical productions such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Cantonese Opera from China. And, over the years, The Warfield continues to book the most coveted acts in show business. A combination of solid line-ups combined with impeccable business savvy, professional and effective security team, and community engagement and participation earns The Warfield our applause.
Best Event of the Year (over 5K capacity) – Sea of Dreams
Talk about an event! The collaborative effort of AnonEvents, Sunset Promotions and An-Ten-Nae Presents produces a one of a kind New Years Eve event transforming the Concourse Center into a multi-stage, multi-environment fantasyland. Complete with lights shows, performance art, aerialists and more, Sea of Dreams takes the win. It is not easy to produce an event of this magnitude – crowd control, security and public health preparations, and satisfied patrons – let alone produce it collaboratively.
Best Event of the Year (under 5k capacity) – Streets of San Francisco
Eye Heart SF’s “Streets of San Francisco” NYE is truly a world class event production. Taking place annually on the city’s waterfront inside the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the Eye Heart SF guys have made a name for themselves by consistently transforming this historic venue into an intimate cityscape inspired soiree emulating the landmark sights and sounds of San Francisco, all while providing guests with internationally renowned entertainment and first class service.
Congratulations to our winners, and see you all at CMAC’s One Year Anniversary Party: Celebrating the Other 9 to 5 (Mezzanine, Thursday, June 30th 2011, 7p to 9p, FREE ADMISSION, ages 21 and over)! RSVP and additional details on Facebook.
President, California Music and Culture Association